Adjectives give us more information about a noun or pronoun. We can use them to describe colour (red), shape (square), origin (English), size (big), material (glass) or age (young). Some adjectives are derived from nouns and verbs while other adjectives can be graded to express comparison. Adverbs give us more information about verb, adjectives or other adverbs. Adverbs can express manner (slowly), time (yesterday), frequency (often) or degree (very).
In the following pages, you will find a series of online lessons about adjectives and adverbs in English grammar. Just click on one of the links below see the grammar rules. In the interactive exercises at the end of each page, you can practise using adverbs and adjectives.
We use adjectives to describe nouns. Short adjectives are made comparative using the endings er/est, and longer adjectives take the words more/most in front to construct the comparative form.
- The dog is cute.
- This dog is cuter than that dog.
We use adverbs to describe adjectives, verbs, or other adverbs. They are usualy formed by adding -ly to the end of the adjective. There are a few exceptions. Adverbs also have comparative and superlative forms.
- I sing awfully.
Choosing between an adjective or an adverb depends on whether we want to describe a noun, a verb, an adjective, or an adverb. Some verbs can be modified by both adjectives and adverbs, but the meaning is not the same.
- You must smell badly if you can’t tell that your dog smells bad.
Here we explain where adverbs of manner, of place, of time, and of frequency are located in a sentence.
- He doesn’t always drive as carefully as he drove yesterday.